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Boats all behave differently. Docking your boat depends on your boat and the dock. And the current. And the wind. And the crazy guy wake surfing 30 ft from your dock. And whether your passengers stay seated like you told them to. And ....... You get the picture. Practice and get someone who knows bow from stern to teach you a few things. Developing the skill to handle your boat is half the fun of owning it.
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Boats suck a TON of gas. I rented a 23 foot searay for 2 hrs and the gas alone cost me 200 dollars. It drank 40 gallons of gas going at 15-20 mph for 2 hours. Thats filling up your wk2 almost twice in two hours. Plus boat gas at the dock is like 5 bucks per gallon. Driving a boat is super easy, just out on the open water with throttle and a wheel. Docking is the only hard part, raise the motor a bit and go in nice and slow watching carefully. Just my two cents.
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Boats suck a TON of gas. I rented a 23 foot searay for 2 hrs and the gas alone cost me 200 dollars. It drank 40 gallons of gas going at 15-20 mph for 2 hours. Thats filling up your wk2 almost twice in two hours. Plus boat gas at the dock is like 5 bucks per gallon..
Sounds like someone either didnt have the motor trimmed properly, had an outrageous load or was pulling a elephant on a tube. There's no way you shouldve went through that much fuel!!
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Sounds like someone either didnt have the motor trimmed properly, had an outrageous load or was pulling a elephant on a tube. There's no way you shouldve went through that much fuel!!
He did say it was rented. I'd guess a lot of operation at 15mph and full throttle, both would use about double the fuel per mile as operating nicely on plane - eg 25mph to 35 mph
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Re: Owning a Boat?

My dad used to have a Larson that had a very similar layout of the one you included. Clean after every time using, flush the engine if you go in salt-water, blah blah blah; everything else that everyone has said.

My $.02 are to find a good marine mechanic before you purchase and have him do a inspection including the motor and to check for dry-rot. Other then that, if you find a good mechanic ask questions and for tips. The mechanic that took care of our outboard was 30 mins away but was worth the drive for the quality of the work and the knowledge my dad gained.

You'll never get your money out of the boat but you will get the fun and the memories (especially if you have kids). My dad bought the Larson in 2001 and we used it probably 10-20 times a year and was definitely worth the money that he paid. It was something my dad and I bonded over, cleaning it up and prepping it for the next day, teaching me how to drive it, and maintain it.

Last year we sold it due to the motor falling apart and dry-rot taking over the stern and bought a 21' 6" inboard Nautique.
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